[ tin-tahyp ]

  1. Photography. ferrotype (def. 2).

  2. not on your tintype, Slang. absolutely not: Ask her again? Not on your tintype!

Origin of tintype

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; tin + -type

Words Nearby tintype

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How to use tintype in a sentence

  • Julius had learned a lot of things from that mate on the bark, and he tried 'em all on that tintype man.

    Cape Cod Stories | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • So I put on my best outfit and had a tintype struck off under that tent on the square and sent it to him.

    Dixie Hart | Will N. Harben
  • The voice of the tintype was but one of the many callings that had wooed him upon so many roads.

  • But Mrs. Waterman declared the tintype to be "as near like them as two peas," and we accepted her verdict.

    A Boy Trooper With Sheridan | Stanton P. Allen
  • It is indeed a tintype of the consumptive heroine, with every group entire, and taken at full length.

British Dictionary definitions for tintype


/ (ˈtɪnˌtaɪp) /

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